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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Hypomyces lateritius

Hypomyces lateritius is a fungus that parasitizes milkcaps - altering their form and texture, replacing their gills with its own smooth spore-bearing surface.

Hypomyces lateritius growing on Lactarius deterrimus

Lactarius deterrimus - uninfected fruiting bodies

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Lactarius deterrimus

Lactarius deterrimus - carrot-orange milkcap
 These are Lactarius detrrimus - an orange milk cap that exudes carrot-orange milk from its gills. 

Lactarius deterrimus - carrot-orange milkcap
They usually become riddled with maggots very soon after emerging from the ground. 

Lactarius deterrimus - carrot-orange milkcap
As they age, the caps discolour this distinctive shade of blue-green.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Tiny Little Rowan Tree

Fencepost of the Week #124

False Truffle

Elaphomyces granulatus - false truffle
Like regular truffles, false truffles grow underground and rely on mammals to sniff them out and dig them up for spore dispersal. To this end, they smell quite interesting, but are not considered good to eat (for humans.)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Bulbous Honey Fungus

Another kind of honey fungus coming up now - I think this one is bulbous honey fungus - Armillaria gallica.

Armillaria gallica - bulbous honey fungus

Armillaria gallica - bulbous honey fungus

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Fish Egg Slime Mould

What strange things you can find in the woods! This one is Tubilifera arachnoidea - a slime mould whose plasmodium stage rather resembles fish eggs...

Monday, 25 July 2016

Bay Polypore

Monday Mushroom #108

Lots of bay polypores fruiting at the moment. They come up pale pale and soft, then harden to a leathery texture and begin to take on the colouration for which they are named.

Bay polypore - Polyporus badius

Bay polypore - Polyporus badius - freshly emerged fruiting bodies.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Yellow Brain Fungus

Tremella mesenterica - yellow brain fungus
I see this a lot - it's very common on gorse bushes in Argyll, and fruits throughout the year.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Wooly Milkcap

There are several milk caps with a shaggy, wooly cap edge. This one is pretty much the wooliest - Lactarius torminosus. The cap colour - white & flesh-pink concentric zones is distinctive.

Lactarius torminosus - wooly milkcap

Lactarius torminosus - wooly milkcap

Friday, 22 July 2016

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Cluster of Ink Caps

Glistening ink caps - Coprinellus micaceus

Friday, 15 July 2016

Friday, 8 July 2016